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Is There A Surgery That Can Cure Copd
Shortness of breath: Typically, patients with COPD have shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing. Fatigue, decreased energy, and decreased ability to do normal activities are also quite common. Sometimes, patients can get dizziness related to the shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, definitely see a doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus for most days three months out of the year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. COPD is commonly associated with smoking. ...Read more
No: Although there is no surgical option that will "cure" copd, lung volume reduction surgery and lung transplantation have been shown to help improve symptoms and quality of life for people with copd. Along with optimizing the medical care of their condition, these surgical therapies may be a beneficial option for properly selected people suffering from copd. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
COPD: COPD patients have a persistent state of low oxygen . They need to be monitored with yearly Pulmonary Function Tests with DLCO. Medical management with inhalers like combivent and dulera (formoterol and mometasone). Self management with home pulse OX. Also therapy for nicotine addiction if present. The stress of surgery often flares COPD depending how long and what anesthesia was used. You must be careful with giving O2 ...Read more
Bypass surgery: Your cardiothoracic surgeon needs to review with you your specific risks heading into surgery. Smoking and COPD are additional risk factors for recovery post-operatively. Your surgeon will make sure that a pulmonologist will follow with him once the surgery is completed. You should be making plans to cease smoking forever given your need for bypass surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the life expectancy of someone with COPD whose lungs are too damaged for lung reduction surgery?
Varies...: There are many variables so it is difficult to predict. The most important thing for you to do to slow the disease's progression is to stop smoking and avoid second hand smoke as much as possible. If your oxygen level is low enough, use oxygen which will also slow disease progression. Other treatments are available to control symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have pain in my shoulder shoulder blade neck all on the right side bright side of my spine upper half I have COPD i did surgery and made it worse?
Muscle pain: Sounds like muscle pain in neck shoulder upper back coughing overhead work heavy lifting all can aggravate the pain try heating pad hot shower neck exercises to see if that will take care of it if the pain persists then you need to see your primary care doctor who may have get some further tests if necessary to diagnose the problem good luck. ...Read more
I had a surgery on my right side to remove scar tissue and also ended up with appendix removed. I have 3rd stage COPD . How long before feeling better?
Depends on surgery: It really depends on the amount of surgery you had. Was it lung surgery? Surgery on the chest? Pain usually gets better with time, but it could be 6months to a year before you "forget" you ever had surgery. If pain persits for more than 3-4 weeks where it affects you activities of daily living, then discuss with your surgeon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Surgery?: This question has to be answered in the context of individual high risk patients. In general there has to be a significant benefit to be expected from risking surgery on an end stage anything patient. If perhaps repeated CNS episodes attributable to the carotid are happening and antiplatelet therapy isn't helping, that might be a reason to risk surgery. Considerations need to be individualized ...Read more
COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more
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